Local college students hit the polls

Local college students hit the polls
Local college students hit the polls
Posted at 3:17 AM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-27 06:36:42-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Sunday was the last day for early voting in Leon County. College students make up a big part of the population here in the Capital City.

Some students want to vote but say the registration process is complicated and confusing.

Said Aleksander Iricanin, an FSU student: "Ultimately, you know, we may think that we can't make a difference, but we can. If we all, you know, put our opinions out there and cast a vote, we could make a change."

Iricanin registered for an absentee ballot so he could make his voice heard.

"I have to mail my district my information so that they can send me the absentee ballot and it's really not that difficult," Tricanin said.

Sounds pretty easy, right? However, according to the Pew Research Center, only 50 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds voted in the 2016 presidential election.

Iricanin says many of his friends are open to expressing their opinions. However, when it comes to actually heading to the polls to make those opinions count, there seems to be a lack of motivation.

Overall, the consensus from FSU students was lack of easy access to registration was stopping most from voting.

"I think there should be some sort of voter I.D., voter registration booth," said Jade Mora, an FSU student. "I feel like that would be very helpful for a lot of students to at least have a more accessible way to get started."

Teri Cleeland, president of the League of Women Voters Tallahassee, said that "If we can set up voter registration booths, we would love to. We just need work with the administrartion on that. We're also working with the supervisor of elections to see if it's possible to get early voting sites on campus, as well."

The League of Women Voters not only wants to bring registration to college students in the Capital City, but also voting.

The organization's goal is to help students register and know the ballot items so they're informed voters.

The statewide non-profit even has a website,, that breaks down everything college students need to do to become registered voters.

"We want students to begin a life-long habit of being voters," Cleeland said. "Democracy is not a spectator sport. It works best with the consent of the governored."

Cleeland says since young people vote less than older people do, they may not get the attention from their political leaders that they deserve.